Les Contamines, France
Action Outdoors is the UK partner of UCPA, a French non-profit group that works to make outdoor sports holidays affordable. Its all-inclusive ski trips offer some of the best value going, with ski hire and 12 hours of tuition included in the price. Les Contamines, in the Mont Blanc region, is a friendly, quiet resort with higher than average snowfall that’s often overlooked in favour of big-hitting neighbours Chamonix and Megève. The slopes are especially suited to beginner and intermediate skiers, and the town is picturesque.
• From £654pp at half-term (departing 10 February) with action-outdoors.co.uk, including 7 nights’ full-board, 6½ days’ lift pass, 12 hours’ ski instruction, 6½ days’ ski equipment hire and evening entertainment. Accommodation-only options are available and under-3s go free. Return Eurotunnel crossings from £150 per car.
Food and drink bills can push even the best-planned ski holiday over budget, but that’s not a worry at Hotel Perelik in Pamporovo, Bulgaria (booked through Crystal Ski Holidays), as all food and drink is included in the price – as are lift passes, kit hire and ski school. Pamporovo is a sunny resort with lovely views, great terrain for beginners and intermediates and a highly rated ski school. It’s also easy to navigate. Kids will love the hotel’s bowling alley, games room, swimming pool and pizzeria.
• From £944pp based on four sharing at half-term (departing 10 February) with crystalski.co.uk, including flights, transfers and 7 nights’ all-inclusive accommodation. Reduced rates for single parents sharing a room with children